Windows PC Download
ESRB rating: Teen
Review rating: 3.0 stars
Let's face it; navigating through Facebook is similar to playing a game. Some people thrive on acquiring "likes" while others enjoy prodding others to achieve emotional responses. "Redshirt" is a humorous game that incorporates a futuristic version of FB in a sci-fi setting, but it gets repetitious much too early.
Players take on the role of ... well ... themselves, an anonymous redshirt assigned to the space station Megaladon-9. Apparently, something ominous will happen in 160 days and it's up to the redshirt to survive. This requires maintaining stats and manipulating friends via the futuristic social media site called Spacebook.
Promising redshirts begin their adventure by creating a character from one of five races. Then they must build online relationships and decide how to live their life. It's kind of like a cross between "Star Trek" and Facebook with game play vaguely similar to "The Sims." Fortunately, there's plenty of humor to distract players from the repetition.
The game takes place mostly on Spacebook, where players can make friends with similar interests, such as posts, and maintain relationships. Fortunately, nearly all actions have consequences. Simply inviting friends to dine with you can cause jealousy among those who weren't invited. Similarly, angering the boss can have negative impacts on your job assignment.
Not surprisingly, players are occasionally tasked with going on "away missions" to different planets that usually result in the loss of at least one companion. If one of these unfortunate soles is a close friend, it drastically lowers the happiness level. This is just one of the many stats that must be maintained to achieve certain goals. Players also have access to numerous skills and hobbies to occupy their time.
Despite the plethora of choices, "Redshirt" offers little more than stat and friend manipulation laced with offbeat humor.